Damen has launched the second offshore patrol vessel for the Pakistan Navy at its shipyard in Galati, Romania.

The company is building two 2,300t corvettes under a contract received from the Pakistan Navy in June 2017.

The second vessel entered the water for the first time on 3 September during a ceremony attended by Pakistan Navy vice-admiral Ather Mukhtar.

Speaking at the event, Mukhtar stated that the two offshore patrol vessels will enhance the Pakistan Navy’s maritime protection capabilities.

The country plans to use the corvettes to support regional maritime security patrols in the Indian Ocean region.

Damen launched the first ship under the contract in May this year. The vessel is expected to be delivered to the Pakistan Navy by the end of the year, while the delivery of the second one is anticipated to take place by mid-2020.

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Jane’s reported that the multi-role corvettes feature a helicopter pad to support operations such as search-and-rescue, surveillance and intelligence-gathering.

Equipped with the latest technology, the ships will have a displacement of 2,300t and a length of 90m.

Damen Shipyards is also supporting the construction of azimuth stern drive (ASD) tugboats for the Pakistan Navy.

The company signed a contract in July this year to provide a material package for the construction of two Damen ASD Tugs 2009.

Last year, the Pakistan Navy signed a contract to procure four MILGEM-class corvettes from Turkey’s STM.

Under the contract, STM will construct two of the vessels in Karachi, Pakistan.